The offensive output of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field the past three nights was prodigious, and they probably felt good about themselves, but coming back home a vacation hangover ensued against the Atlanta Braves tonight.
It was not apparent at first, as Didi Gregorius hit his second Home Run of the season, and his second leadoff homer of the season. This accounted for half the scoring against Atlanta and Julio Teheran. Uh, spoilers I guess.
Brandon McCarthy has had trouble after the first time through the order in many of his previous starts, but overall was not bad tonight. He allowed 3 Earned runs in 6 and 1/3 with 9 Strikeouts. Two of those three runs came in the 5th, when Jason Heyward hit a ball that was more than a bit outside opposite field with Jordan Schafer on base to make it 2-1 Braves.
David Peralta lead off the bottom of the inning with a ground-rule double. That is nice. However, with Tuffy Gosewisch, Ender Inciarte, and McCarthy coming up, you'd be right to think that he would be stranded. Through 66.6% of those names, it became so. However, McCarthy was able to hit one into the hole between Short and Third and Peralta scored to tie the game at 2-2. This was also McCarthy's first career RBI, so good going, Brandon!
The Braves retook the lead in the 7th when Andrelton Simmons doubled home Heyward from first to make it 3-2. That did it for McCarthy, but Joe Thatcher was able to strike out Freddie Freeman and Randall Delgado got Justin Upton to fly out (WE WON THE TRADE) to limit the damage.
To keep going on the damage theme, the Diamondback offense was unable to cause any more of it, and Trevor Cahill, coming in for the top of the 9th in a one-run game, caused a lot. Heyward and Upton got RBI singles off of him to make the lead 5-2. Gerardo Parra had a nice play in the outfield. So he's got that going for him. Craig Kimbrel did his thing and the D'Backs went meekly into the 9th.
Kimbrel also became the all time Braves leader in saves with this one. La de dah. You want a medal or something? Can't wait for Fredi to not put you in in a playoff game again?
Sorry, I'm bitter.
Hooray!: McCarthy the hitter (+13.8%)
Not Hooray!: McCarthy the pitcher (-18.9%)
More of this tomorrow night. If you like.